Car Bomb Blasts U.N. Building in Nigeria [Updated]

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Rescue workers evacuate on August 26, 2011 a wounded man from the UN building of the Nigerian capital Abuja which was rocked by a bomb that killed at least 18 people, leaving others trapped and causing heavy damage.  Some witnesses reported that the bomb exploded after a suspect rammed a car through the front gate. Parts of the first two floors of the building were blown out and rescue workers scrambled to rescue those left inside.   AFP PHOTO / HENRY CHUKWUENDO (Photo credit should read Henry Chukwuedo/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescue workers evacuate on August 26, 2011 a wounded man from the UN building of the Nigerian capital Abuja which was rocked by a bomb that killed at least 18 people, leaving others trapped and causing heavy damage. Some witnesses reported that the bomb exploded after a suspect rammed a car through the front gate. Parts of the first two floors of the building were blown out and rescue workers scrambled to rescue those left inside. AFP PHOTO / HENRY CHUKWUENDO (Photo credit should read Henry Chukwuedo/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: AFP/2011 AFP

One entire wing of the building in the capital city of Abuja, which houses 400 workers, has been leveled, and there are an "undetermined" number of casualties. One UNICEF worker reported seeing scattered bodies strewn by the building. It's unclear as of yet who was responsible, but Nigeria has in recent months been plagued by assassinations and bombings from a radical Muslim group known as Boko Haram.

Update 1: The Associated Press is now reporting at least 16 people are dead and 11 others injured, but a Red Cross official believes the final tally will be higher.

Update 2: Boko Haram is claiming responsibility.

Blast Hits U.N. Building in Nigeria [NYT]